Aesthetics B, 30 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 16 January 2023

    End date: 4 June 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-00513 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

    Registration: 22 December 2022 – 15 January 2023

Entry requirements: Aesthetics A or Practical Philosophy A or Theoretical Philosophy A


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Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 45,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 45,000

About the course

This course as a whole consists of three parts: two regular courses and an essay course.

In the first course (15 credits) we study three central problems within philosophical aesthetics. We start by looking at a specific aesthetic concept (for instance, aesthetic value, aesthetic experience or aesthetic judgment) and investigate various theories and definitions of how the concept should be understood. Secondly, we turn to an issue about art in general or a specific art form to gain insight into how art may affect us and why we think that art is valuable (for instance: "Can music express emotions?" or "How does a painting differ from a photograph?"). We end by looking at an issue that concerns the broadening of aesthetics into domains outside of art (for instance: "How do we experience nature aesthetically?" or "Can functional or everyday objects be beautiful?"). The specific issues treated may vary from semester to semester.

After the first course you choose one of two elective courses (7.5 credits). Example of previous courses are Ontology of Art and Classics of Aesthetics. Upcoming elective courses.

While the two courses above will give you a deepened understanding of issues, theories and arguments within philosophical aesthetics, the aim of the final essay course (7.5 credits) is to give you training in the writing of academic essays and to let you develop and formulate your own thoughts about an aesthetic issue.

More information


Department of Philosophy

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 H

Box 627, 751 26 UPPSALA

Course Administrator Ulrika Valdeson


Telephone: +46 18 471 72 99